Most women experience different types of discharge during their menstrual cycle. Sometimes it is thick, thin, odorless mucus, and sometimes it can be white to brown. Discharge of different colors and textures is associated with hormones. This discharge is white before menstruation.

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Today in this article we will talk only about white discharge before menstruation.

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  1. What is white discharge?
  2. What is the reason for white discharge before periods?
  3. Precautions to be taken for white discharge before periods
  4. When is white discharge before periods a cause for concern?
  5. When to see a doctor?
  6. Takeaway
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White discharge is seen before menstruation and is called Licorrhoea. It is full of fluid and cells, which come out of the vagina and can sometimes be light yellow. This part of the menstrual cycle is called the luteal phase. This happens when the progesterone hormone is at its peak in the body. When estrogen is the dominant hormone, the discharge becomes clear, stretchy, or watery. Whereas, progesterone makes the mucus coagulated or white.

Some women use the discharge to elicit potential fertility. Mucus that is thinly stretched is considered fertile, as it occurs at the time when the egg is released. Thick white-colored discharge is considered infertile cervical mucus. It appears between ovulation and the early stages of menstruation when the chances of fertility are slim to none.

Regardless of the color or texture of the discharge, it keeps the tissues in the vagina healthy and lubricated. As long as the discharge is not accompanied by any symptoms like pain, itching, or redness, it is considered normal.

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White discharge before menstruation can have possible causes such as sexually transmitted infections and candidiasis. Come, let us know in detail about the cause of the white discharge -

Normal reproductive system functioning

It is a normal process to have white discharge before the menstrual cycle. Normal discharge at this stage of the menstrual cycle is sometimes referred to as "egg white mucus" because of its thin, stretchy, and slippery texture. There is no odor in this discharge.

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Birth control

Taking medications like birth control alters hormone levels, which can lead to more discharge. Unless any other symptoms are seen apart from this, it should not be taken seriously.

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Discharge immediately before menstruation can be an early symptom of pregnancy. Although it is difficult to tell about the discharge due to pregnancy, it is thicker and creamier than the normal discharge.

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Sexually transmitted infection

Gonorrheachlamydia, and trichomonas are sexually transmitted infections that cause discharge. In the case of gonorrhea or chlamydia, the color of the discharge is more yellow and the texture is like pus. However, these STIs are often asymptomatic. Trichomonas symptoms are more likely to appear, in which the color of the discharge can be light green or yellowish, smelly, and itchy.

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Yeast infection i.e. candidiasis

Yeast infection is common and can occur without any reason. The use of antibiotics increases the risk of yeast infection and there is a possibility of their occurrence just before menstruation. The discharge from a yeast infection is thick and white and it usually looks like cottage cheese. Yeast infection can also cause itching and burning in the vagina.

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Bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis is an infection caused by a change in the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina. Its cause is unknown, but it is linked to smoking, cleaning up after sex, new sexual partners, and multiple sexual partners. The smell of discharge from bacterial vaginosis is strange and the color is grayish-white.

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A healthy vaginal environment can be ensured by making some lifestyle changes at the time of white discharge. To do this, wearing breathable cotton underwear to taking probiotic supplements is advised. Come, let us know in detail about the precautions to be taken for white discharge -

  • The external genital area should be kept clean and dry to avoid odor and bacteria coming from the vagina.
  • Instead of tight and synthetic underwear, wear breathable cotton underwear, because wearing tight and synthetic clothes increases the risk of vaginal infection.
  • On days when vaginal discharge is heavy, with the help of a pantyliner, an attempt can be made to prevent excess moisture, and discomfort can be avoided.
  • Always wipe from front to back after using the toilet to prevent the spread of bacteria from the anus to the vagina.
  • It is recommended to avoid scented wipes, vaginal deodorants, or bubble baths, as these can irritate.
  • Research suggests that taking probiotic supplements can improve vaginal health in women. For this, other probiotic supplements can be consumed along with curd.
  • Condoms should always be used to protect against sexually transmitted infections.

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Sometimes white discharge brings a signal of ill health. For example, if there is itching along with thick white discharge, it means yeast infection. If the color of the discharge is yellow, green, or grayish-white, then it could be bacterial vaginosis.

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White discharge before menstruation can be completely normal. There is no need for any treatment for this. But it is advisable to consult a doctor in the following cases -

  • Yeast infection is experienced by 3 out of 4 women in their life. This infection can be cured at home, but if the symptoms are not going away even after 1 week, then it is necessary to see a doctor.
  • If pain, burning or any other kind of discomfort is felt in the vagina, then also a doctor should be consulted.
  • Discharge with cottage cheese or frothy texture can give a fragrance of disturbances in health.
  • It is advisable to visit an expert even if there is odor, redness, or swelling coming from the vagina.

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White discharge just before menstruation is a normal part of the menstrual cycle. However, every woman experiences vaginal infections at some point, therefore, any change in discharge should be taken into consideration. Most of these infections can be cured with the help of a doctor.

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